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Monday, Jun 18

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World Cup 2018: England fans praise welcome by Russian hosts as they celebrate first win

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A last-minute winner no doubt helped, but England's day out in Volgograd passed without major incident, with visiting fans praising a particularly warm reception from their hosts. The anticipation that political tensions might spill into…

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World Cup 2018: England's set-piece threat pays off with Harry Kane goals but does side lack cutting edge?

England won their opening World Cup match in Russia thanks to two poached goals by Harry Kane. The striker put England in front before Kyle Walker conceded a penalty which handed Tunisia a soft equaliser. But Kane popped up at the far post…

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World Cup 2018: Son Heung-min apologises to South Korea teammates for Sweden defeat

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Son Heung-min has apologised to his teammates for South Korea's 1-0 defeat against Sweden in their opening World Cup group G match, saying the loss is “his fault”. Andreas Granqvist scored the game's only goal when a VAR review awarded…

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Belgium vs Panama, World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku on target as dark horses click into gear in second-half

Going into an encounter as firm favourites is nothing new for Belgium, a nation who normally get the job done in emphatic style, but in Sochi, in a World Cup where the well-fancied teams have laboured thus far, Belgium struggled past a…

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Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic excluded from World Cup squad

Forward Nikola Kalinic has been kicked out of Croatia's squad after refusing to play in the side's 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday. Kalinic, a substitute for the match, declined to come on during the closing stages of the Group D clash in…

Tunisia vs England - LIVE World Cup 2018: Kick-off time, what channel, prediction, team news, betting odds

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Gareth Southgate takes charge of his first World Cup match in Volgograd on Monday as England face Tunisia in a rematch of their opening game from the 1998 tournament. England head into Group G expecting to qualify for the knockout stage,…

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Sweden vs South Korea, World Cup 2018: Emil Forsberg does little to entice Liverpool and Arsenal, scouting report

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“He is shy and humble and that is why there are no great interviews with him around,” Leif 'Foppa' Forsberg, who played more than 400 league games and scored 150 goals for Sundsvall in the 1980s and early 1990s, once remarked. “He is…

Sweden vs South Korea LIVE World Cup 2018: Latest score and goal updates from the Group F encounter

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Sweden will be desperate to get their first World Cup 2018 finals campaign for 12 years off to a winning start when they face Group F minnows South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Janne Andersson's team lack star power without Zlatan…

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World Cup 2018: Kicked out of the game with Switzerland, Neymar needs to give himself a kick if Brazil are to succeed

It was the image that no one in Brazil wanted to see, and that is not just the full-time scoreboard that confirms they have now have failed to win their first World Cup game back since that 7-1 defeat. It could actually be something much…

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WWE Money in the Bank: Ronda Rousey shines in first singles match as AJ Styles retains title in Shinsuke Nakamura ...

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Ronda Rousey proved she'll be a success in wrestling as she proved a hit in her first WWE singles match at Money in the Bank. Rousey, an imminent inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame, has been used sparingly inside a wrestling ring as she…

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US Open results: Tommy Fleetwood’s record-equalling charge in vain as Brooks Koepka retains title

Tommy Fleetwood came within inches of making history as Brooks Koepka impressively held his nerve to become the first player to win back-to-back US Open titles for 29 years. After admitting they went "too far" with their course set-up for…

World Cup 2018: Mexico stun Germany by exposing their full-backs and harassing Toni Kroos out of the game

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has been criticised for his constant chopping and changing, but while he might be reactive, that doesn't mean he's defensive. Here, he used a 4-2-3-1 system, rarely seen throughout Mexico's qualifying…

Tunisia vs England, World Cup 2018: Georges Leekens on rebuilding after terror attacks that rocked the country

There will be points up for grabs and poignancy in the air when England's players run-out for their World Cup opener against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena on 18 June. The two countries have a shared history in recent years, with the…

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Transfer news - live updates: Willian lined up by Manchester United, Arsenal move for Lucas Torreira, Liverpool latest

The Premier League’s summer transfer window is open with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal set to be busier than ever. While all eyes will be on the World Cup, every club in the top flight will be watching closely to spot a…

World Cup 2018: Gareth Southgate has a squad of England players, not Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal stars

One of the more understated pleasures of England’s build-up to this summer’s World Cup campaign has been watching the burgeoning bromance that appears to be developing between Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli. Played out largely on social…

Sunday, Jun 17

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RFU give Eddie Jones flimsy backing following England's sixth successive loss

Eddie Jones has received only flimsy backing from Twickenham as the Australian fights for his future in the wake of England's series defeat by South Africa. A sixth successive loss – five of those Tests – has rendered the tour a failure…

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Wimbledon 2018: Andy Murray's biggest challenge is mental and not physical, says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic believes that the biggest challenges Andy Murray will face as he begins his comeback here this week will be mental rather than physical. Forty-nine weeks after limping out of Wimbledon and five months after undergoing hip…

Brazil vs Switzerland, World Cup 2018 player ratings: Neymar and Gabriel Jesus struggle despite Philippe Coutinho goal

We run the rule over the two teams after Switzerland held a lacklustre Brazil to a 1-1 draw, leaving Serbia top of Group E · Molly Hudson · @m0lly_Writes; 6 hours ago. Click to follow. Sport. Video Player is loading. Play Video. Play. Mute…

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World Cup 2018: The rise of Philippe Coutinho and how he encapsulated Brazil's four-year recovery under Tite

Philippe Coutinho had to wait. Between his international debut in 2010 and his omission from Luiz Felipe Scholari's squad Brazil for World Cup 2014, he wouldn't appear once for this country. The first half-decade of his international…

Saturday, Jun 16

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World Cup 2018: Croatia up and running with comfortable win against Nigeria

They may be old dark horses now but Croatia have cleared the first hurdle with something to spare. It was a victory that lacked the flair of a Red Rum or a Desert Orchid but it was comfortable enough and, should they beat Argentina in…

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Croatia vs Nigeria LIVE World Cup 2018: Luka Modric penalty doubles Europeans' lead - latest updates

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Nigeria have qualified for five of the last six World Cups, so they are no stranger to competition. However, going against Croatia with players who are playing their first ever World Cup might be tricky. Despite Croatia squeezing through…

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US Open: Day to forget for Phil Mickelson after bizarre putting antics

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Phil Mickelson's 48th birthday took a bizarre twist on Saturday as he was penalised for deliberately hitting a moving ball in the third round of the US Open. Mickelson, who was already four over par for the day, badly overhit a putt on the…

Jos Buttler and Jason Roy propel England to victory in second ODI Test against Australia

Australia once again made England sweat as they threatened to pull off a record run chase in this second one-day international in Cardiff before ultimately slipping to a defeat that hands the hosts a 2-0 series lead. Stirred into action by…

South Africa vs England: Eddie Jones admits second Test defeat was 'like watching a horror movie'

Eddie Jones admitted “it was like watching a horror movie” as England slipped to a sixth consecutive defeat in a 23-12 loss to the Springboks on Saturday, ending their chances of winning a first series in South Africa. In similar…

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Boca Juniors in last-ditch attempt to hold on to Wilmar Barrios as Tottenham step up pursuit

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Boca Juniors are making an impassioned plea to Wilmar Barrios to postpone a move to Tottenham until the January transfer window after Spurs stepped up their interest in the Colombian international. The Argentinean giants have offered the…

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Argentina vs Iceland: A post-mortem of Lionel Messi's failed reconnaissance mission

Lionel Messi has scored 616 career goals, only five per cent of which have come in the opening ten minutes. To watch him at the start of a game is to watch a player doing little but discerning where space exists, why it comes into being…

Argentina vs Iceland: Lionel Messi misses penalty as Albiceleste fall flat

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The meltdown will be real. Argentina are not out of the World Cup, not by a long shot, but you mightn't be able to tell from the reaction back home as the eighth-largest country on earth, world footballing royalty who sure as hell know it,…

Argentina vs Iceland: Messi has penalty saved, Argentina miss Manchester United man and Iceland start strong

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Lionel Messi's second half saved penalty meant Argentina had to settle with just a point against Iceland in the opening match of Group D. The teams traded blows in the opening minutes but Sergio Aguero got Argentina's World Cup underway…

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Lewis Ritson vs Paul Hyland Jr: Domestic dust-up headlines a night packed full of potential in Newcastle

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Amidst all the major fights going on in the boxing world at the moment, there is still nothing better than a packed night of competitive, domestic action. Tonight, in Newcastle, several of Britain's most exciting prospects will take to the…

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France vs Australia: Technology favours French as VAR history is made at World Cup 2018

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France benefited from a controversial first use of video assistant referee technology at a World Cup as they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia. Antoine Griezmann put Les Bleus ahead with a contentious second-half penalty in Kazan after…